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HARD WORK PAYS OFF:  SUCCESS IN WISCONSIN!

Late last year, we did a postcard campaign to WI through Activate America. We were touting the accomplishments of the Dems with the Infrastructure bill. It was a longish script and a bit of a slog.

But you know what? It worked!!!

Last month, there was a minor election in WI  – the type that no one usually pays any attention to, and turnout is always low.  But the turnout among Dem voters was remarkably high! All the work we have collectively done for WI really paid off! Republicans expected a red wave that never materialized. Instead, Dems prevailed in over half the races, which also produced Milwaukee’s first elected Black mayor. 

Also good news is the fact that if these voters turned out for a minor election, they will certainly vote again this November, when the US House and Senate are on the line. With an off-year election, turnout is everything.  And turnout is something we know how to do!  

Thanks to all of you who participated in this WI campaign, and I hope it will encourage others of you to write, write, WRITE! It matters, and it works!!

Donate to John Fetterman for US Senator from PA

John doesn’t look like a typical politician, and more importantly, he doesn’t act like one. He supported legalizing marijuana before it was popular, officiated a same-sex marriage before it was legal, and pushed for single payer healthcare long before it was mainstream. The issues John is running on now are the same issues he’s been working on for the last two decades.

Democrats are fighting tooth-and-nail to keep control of the U.S. senate, and this race is rated a tossup by Cook Political.

Donate to Josh Shapiro for PA Governor

Throughout his career as a public servant, Josh Shapiro has taken on the status quo, brought people together to solve tough problems, and delivered results for the people of Pennsylvania. Since 2017, he has served as the People’s Attorney General, working every day to stand up to powerful institutions and protect Pennsylvanians’ rights. Now, Josh is running to be Pennsylvania’s next Governor — to move the Commonwealth forward and tackle its biggest challenges.

This is a key race in PA, as current Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is term-limited and we need to hold the executive seat in this swing state. Cook political moved this race from “tossup” to “lean D” following the primaries. Let’s not take anything for granted, and work to make sure this key office is flipped Dem!

Phone PA for Melissa Cerrato

Wednesdays, 6 – 8pm EDT:

Call targeted voters for Melissa Cerrato, challenger for PA State House District 151. Let’s elect Melissa, flip the PA House blue, and drive votes up the ticket to elect a Democratic Governor and US Senator.

Come one, come all! No experience necessary. Each virtual phonebank over Zoom led by veteran phonebank leaders includes a 30min training (returning callers jump right in) & check-ins every 30mins.

This works. We find undecided voters, recruit local volunteers, and identify & make vote plans with supporters. Our calls enable staff and local volunteers to knock more doors, and we collect loads of data to help our campaigns speak to the right voters, with the right messages, at the right times.

More MA Pick-Up Options

Looking for in-stock postcard packets closer to you, or groups writing in person? There are opportunities on the MAssachusetts Grassroots Information Center (News-MAGIC) calendar. A lot of groups have started writing in person again and you can always find many different people offering packets in a variety of towns!

News-MAGIC (the MAssachusetts Grassroots Information Center)

  • Are you an organizer of any size circle or group?
  • Are you a member of an advocate group that wants to amplify an event or action?
  • Are you an activist searching for a group or ways to take action?

The Massachusetts Grassroots information Center is for you!

News-MAGIC is free to everyone, independent of any individual organization and is dedicated to Massachusetts progressive organizers. Our goal is to build an inclusive space that connects local progressive grassroots groups and breaks down silos.  News-MAGIC allows you to find and share information quickly and easily, encourages connections between groups, and increases momentum across the state.

Steering Committee includes Christine Brown, Larry Pareles, Lisa Baci, Shaw Yang and Susan Labandibar

Will the decimation of Women’s Rights finally wake up Americans?

Christine Brown, May 5, 2022 (updated May 17)

Steven Cobert takes down the radical Scotus

Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor would reportedly write in his diary, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

WE ARE THE SLEEPING GIANT. 

All your family and friends “who don’t do politics”
All your family and friends “who think Democrats and Republicans are the same”
All your family and friends “who don’t have time to pay attention and/or vote”
All your family and friends “who think their vote doesn’t matter”
All your family and friends “who spend hours battling on social media” (but don’t do anything else)
All your family and friends “who think someone else will do something”

I get it, I really do.  We have to get the kids to school, the laundry done, and earn a paycheck to pay for housing and food. Sometimes we want to do zumba and garden and forget for just a moment the dire circumstances we face in our country.  I personally am in this fight for my children and future grandchildren.

How Americans Really Feel about Abortion, Forbes 5/3/22  There is broad concensus about the right to abortion.

The bottom-line is that there is a minority war on the majority and SCOTUS  just dropped a bomb.  And like Pearl Harbor, I fervently hope that it will awaken Americans out of their complacency.  Read How Americans Really Feel about Abortion and you will see that it has broad support.  Unfortunately the media’s both-sides reporting amplifies minority viewpoints so that they feel equally as strong- it’s a problem in all reporting from Climate Change to Healthcare and more.

The radical decision to eliminate a constitutional right enshrined for nearly 50 years is just the beginning.  You know what other rights are based on the same legal reasoning?  Marriage Equality.  Homosexual Sex. Contraceptive Access.  Interracial Marriage.  The SCOTUS assurances that these rights won’t be affected are the exact same lies that these judges told about their belief in ROE’s precedent.

Robert Hubbell The Hard Road Forward, May 4, 2022

Robert Hubbell states that “The opinion is grotesquely disingenuous, pretending that the Court is merely “correcting” a wrongly decided case. Not so. The Court knows its ruling will result in the immediate revocation of an existing constitutional right in more than two dozen states.  Moreover, Alito’s logic is perverse and cruel. He claims that an implied right cannot exist unless it is “deeply rooted in the nation’s history and tradition,” but he ignores the fact that for the first 129 years of our nation’s history, women were denied the right to vote—and thus denied any realistic opportunity to create a “deeply rooted tradition” permitting contraception and abortion. Under Alito’s backward logic, a right plainly implied in the Constitution cannot exist because white male legislators successfully suppressed that right for more than a century.”

I highly recommend Robert Hubbell’s free newsletter, please read this one in its entirety.  He ends the Hard Road Forward with:

“The only path forward is the hard path—it is the one that the Constitution grants us: the ballot box. Even as the Court turns its back on the Constitution, we must embrace it ever more fiercely. The Constitution will endure, and its faithful servants will prevail.”  

Heather Cox Richardson, Letters from an American, May 3, 2022

In her May 3rd newsletter, Heather Cox Richardson continues to bring an important historical context to our struggle to maintain our civil rights.  No one really cared about abortion until Reagan needed votes from the evangelicals to win. Her source notes at the end of her letters are a good way to get free content.  Her free newsletter is an important source of knowledge, which gives us strength to fight.

We CANNOT cede the Midterms.  We need to work as hard as we did for Biden to:

  1. Protect and Expand our Senate majority.  
  2. Protect and Expand our House majority.

Both are razor thin. It is tradition that the opposition party’s base is more energized to turn out in the midterms.  But we are entering a new era where historical norms are trampled.  

We can’t wait for someone else to do it.

The time is now.  DONATE. PHONE. TEXT. WRITE.  A great place to start is the states who have their primaries this month.

Most importantly: talk to the people you know.  There are people who seriously don’t know what is happening. They think they are protecting themselves by not getting involved, but the opposite is true.  

Phone PA for Dan Williams

Tuesdays & Thursdays:

Help our candidate Dan Williams retain his seat in the Pennsylvania State House. Dan’s a pastor, a union guy, and all-around great human being. His seat is a must-hold for Democrats; we’ll be hard-pressed to find a pathway to a majority without re-electing him.

Why: The data prove it: phonebanking is THE BEST remote volunteering option for voter contact. We let voters know why their vote is important, identify supporters, speak with undecided voters, clean up campaign data, and recruit local volunteers. 

Come one, come all: No experience necessary. Each virtual phonebank over Zoom includes training and check-ins for first-timers (veteran callers can jump right in). We’ll share successes and address questions throughout. Phonebank leaders will help you get comfortable, increase your effectiveness, and make sure you have a great experience.

  • Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm
  • Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm

Out-of-State Morning of Action + Phonebank

Sunday, May 22

The Arizona Democratic Party, Mission for Arizona, and Legislative Districts across Arizona are joining forces for a collaborative Morning of Action Event!

Join us on Zoom at 12 pm Arizona time to learn about all the great work the Out of State team has been doing with our group partners across the country! We’ll be talking about the many ways in which groups like Common Power, Swing Left, and Indivisible are helping us keep Arizona blue!

After the event, we’ll be hosting a phonebank and we’d love to have you stay on and make some calls!

Phone NC – Recruit Volunteers

Mondays: Volunteers Taking Back Democracy Calling Corps (a program of Swing Blue Alliance) is recruiting volunteers in North Carolina to elect Democrats to the General Assembly and prevent a Republican supermajority. Our partner on the ground in North Carolina is County-to-County, a groundbreaking offshoot of the Orange County Democratic Party that backs electable candidates and assists other county parties.

Make a difference. Re-energize volunteers in North Carolina by making calls with Volunteers T*B*D. Questions, please contact VolunteersTBDnc@swingbluealliance.org

Phone PA – Recruit Volunteers

Fridays: Make a difference in 2022 and build long-term Democratic strength in swing districts. During our phone bank sessions, you’ll talk with like-minded people who often welcome an invitation to re-connect with local efforts. Callers re-energize local volunteers and signal how valuable their contributions are. 

Right now callers are recruiting local volunteers to re-elect Susan Wild in PA Congressional District 7. We’re working directly with Congresswoman Wild’s campaign, calling people who have volunteered or expressed interest in volunteering in the past. Every voter that comes out for her will also be voting on an open U.S. Senate seat, competitive State House races, and a new Governor. 

Join Volunteers TBD (Taking Back Democracy) as we re-energize people who’ve supported Democratic campaigns in the past. Make a difference in 2022.

Questions, please contact VolunteersTBD@swingbluealliance.org